Canelo Alvarez KOs Caleb Plant to become undisputed world champion

Canelo Alvarez is the undisputed super-middleweight world champion after stopping Caleb Plant in the 11th round.

The Mexican was far from his best for large swathes of the fight and looked set to be frustrated in his attempt to record a stoppage.

But he dropped Plant twice in the penultimate session before the referee stepped in to stop the fight to crown Alvarez the first four-belt champion at 168lb.

"It hasn't been easy to get to this point," he said. "This is for everyone, especially for Mexico.

"It means so much for the history of Mexico to be the undisputed champion. It makes me very happy and motivated to be one of six undisputed champions of the world.

"I have respect for Caleb Plant, he was a good fighter.

"We were men at the end, he wanted to keep fighting but I told him there was no shame. We had a great fight."

Alvarez was fighting for the third time this year and for the fourth time in 11 months.

He won his first two 168lb belts by outpointing Callum Smith before last Christmas before defending his titles against Avni Yildirim two months later.

He stopped Billy Joe Saunders six months ago to leave him one short of the complete collection.

And against Plant, Alvarez was content to sit back in the opening stages of the first round as the American popped out his jab.

But by the third minute, the favourite was cutting off the ring with menacing intent.

And the Mexican began to find a home for his left hook in the second round as Plant was forced back to the ropes.

Alvarez had promised to punish Plant for a perceived indiscretion at a pre-fight press conference and he continued to pile on the pressure in the third session.

Plant, the taller man, was able to interrupt Alvarez's attempts with his jab but the Alvarez was incessant with his attacks to the body.

And Plant seemed short of ideas when it came to stemming the tide, other than to fire out his jab in response to the Mexican's metronomic left hook.

By the halfway stage, Alvarez was beginning to land with regularity as he opened up a lead on the scorecards.

The four-weight champion had promised a finish in rounds seven to nine and began the second half of the fight in a mood to deliver.

If there was a criticism of Alvarez it was that he was loading up too much on his power shots as if determined to land a one-punch KO.

And Plant showed signs of life in the ninth round as he reminded Alvarez he was still in the fight, landing a straight right to momentarily halt his rival.

But after reestablishing the natural order in the 10th round, Alvarez dropped Plant in the penultimate session with a hook-uppercut-hook combination.

The American beat the count but was soon down again from right hands to head and body and the referee wasted no time in waving off the fight.

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